By Robert Haugh
Santa Clara Resident Dr. Ron Patrick is a Planning Commissioner – for now.
According to multiple City Hall sources, Coucilmember Anthony Becker wants to remove him and he may have his chance next week at the City Council meeting.
Dr. Patrick was appointed to the Planning Commission on June 6th after Council interviews.
Becker made the motion to appoint him. Yup. No kidding.
Then suddenly and mysteriously, Becker said he discovered that Patrick might not be a Santa Clara resident.
City Hall insiders believe Patrick is being targeted by the 49ers who don’t want to see him on the Planning Commission because he’s complained about their poor stadium management.
Patrick hinted at that in an oped he wrote for Santa Clara News Online. Patrick wrote:
“This is a decision that is essentially political. And many Santa Clara residents watching this process think there’s a political agenda at work, including me. Maybe it’s because I’ve raised issues in the past about how the stadium events negatively impact neighborhoods and more needs to be done about it.“
At the July 5 Council meeting, Becker insisted that the City Council agendize an action item to remove Patrick.
Patrick was at the meeting and addressed the Council publicly. You can watch his 2-minute speech here.
Patrick also laid out the legal research to show his residency.
The vote was 5-2 to agendize Patrick’s removal at a future meeting. The 49er Five voted in favor. Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Councilmember Kathy Watanabe voted against the motion.
Despite Becker’s move, Patrick was sworn in and officially became a Commissioner on August 2. His first Planning Commission meeting is on August 24.
Editor’s Note: The 49er Five are Councilmembers Anthony Becker, Raj Chahal, Suds Jain, Karen Hardy and Kevin Park.
Jed York spent $3 million in November 2020 to elect Becker, Jain, and Park. They were previously 0-6 in Santa Clara elections. Chahal and Hardy have received gifts from the team recently without reporting them.
The 49er Five meet with the team on an almost weekly basis and have voted to help the team win millions of dollars in concessions from the City since December 2020.